Hanna Somatic Education
An emerging breakthrough discipline in the field of health care!
My Own Story
I had tried everything to stop the pain yet I was growing progressively worse and more physically debilitated.
Before I found Hanna Somatics I had lost my ability to work and support myself and my granddaughter. I was living on pain medications just to survive. It had been 3 years since I had begun to seek any and all help available, yet somehow I had grown progressively worse to the point of becoming an invalid needing someone to do most things for me.
After 9 months of daily somatics I fully recovered all on my own. It is still, to this day, AMAZING! to me. I will be forever grateful for a friend who never stopped nudging me to try "Hanna Somatics". "Hanna Somatics" got me out of pain, gave me back the use of my body, helped my back and leg to heal, restored my ability to work, and restored my ability to raise my granddaughter! How I thank God for my faithful friend and also for leading me to somatics! I actually got to ski this past Christmas for the first time in my life, at 54yrs. of age. Full story below.
1.) Peggy / age: 50 / BR, La.
Bulging disc L4, L5, S1, S2, pelvis tilted, sciatic nerve pain, right leg
mostly numb from hip to toes, debilitating pain in rt. hip/leg,
plantar faciitis in both feet.
Every now and again I would have really bad pain in my rt. hip and low back slowly becoming more and more frequent and debilitating. Then, one day, it came to stay and would not leave. I would suffer through, trying to take as little medication as possible so I could work and function. My quaIity of life was not good. After 3 yrs. or so of this suffering it got so bad that my quality of life became unbearable. I could hardly move or do much for myself.
Altogether, I had tried orthopedist, several cortisone shots, steroids, relaxing & deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, acupuncture, ultrasound, chiropractic, nerve testing, and pain medications. Nothing
gave lasting results. Still, I could not sit, drive, bend in any way, dress myself, bathe myself, use the restroom w/o excruciating pain or even lower my head at the bathroom sink to brush my teeth. I just grew worse and worse. It seemed like a really bad nightmare.
Also, I could not sleep much because of the excruciating pain in my low back/sacrum area and my rt. hip. Because of this I was exhausted at all times, which in turn compounded how hard it was for me to handle the stress related to all the suffering. All movements were very
painful, requiring me to move calculatingly, and with great caution!
Most of my right leg was numb all the way down to my 3 rt. toes causing me to fall and stumble all the time due to poor balance and equilibrium. My leg felt like a tree stump I drug around with me since I no longer had feeling in it. It was at this point that I was diagnosed with bulging discs at L4 & L5 with nerve impingement, S1, S2, and sciatica. The last doctor thought I might have "drop foot". I was told I would need a surgery that would require a 1.5 - 2 yr. recovery period and that I may not fully recover. The doctor said I would probably not be able to work again! Devastating news! I began picturing myself abandoned in a nursing home somewhere at the age of 50 and my granddaughter going into foster care. I was both terrified and desperate!
I remembered a friend who off and on for many years kept telling me about something called "Hanna Somatics". She spoke of how gentle somatics was, and how she saw a few people she knew and loved get help. But it just sounded too good to be true to me so for 5 years I would politely change the subject and dismiss the suggestion thinking she didn't really understand the kind of trouble I was in. But now, feeling so desperate, I asked if she would get these people on the phone for me. She not only got them on the phone for me but helped me to get to an "HSE", "Hanna Somatics Educator" in California, since at that time there were none here in Louisiana. It took 11 "Alleve" and 5 prescribed muscle relaxers just to get me in the plane chair and the trip was still a major nightmare. Medication just couldn't make much difference due to the nerve pain so I just had to suffer.
After meeting with a "Hanna Somatics Educator" ("HSE") in Novato, California for a total of 8 visits, where we barely had any physical contact and I took no medications, I could once again bathe and dress myself, but with less pain, I could also sit in a chair for the 1st time in a long time, drive a car, brush my teeth at the sink with much less pain, and I could pick up my rt. leg and foot and walk! And that was just the beginning! So I learned to do these gentle movements by myself. During my return flight I had no need for pain relievers and could sit comfortably in the plane chair. I was shocked and amazed!The doctor could not believe how much better I was in such a short time w/o medication or surgery. We both skeptically wondered and feared it would not last. But it did, here's how it happened.
Coming to an End
As long as I did "Hanna Somatics" every morning before I started my day and each night before going to bed I could function with mild restrictions and very little pain, and sleep soundly each night w/o pain interruption. I did these moves daily at home on my own for 5 months before all of the pain left my body and a portion of the numbness in my leg went away, affording me more control over my rt. foot/leg improving my balance and my ability to safely walk.
Again, by myself at home, I continued for an additional 4 months, doing these gentle "Hanna Somatic" movements every morning and again every night before bed. Over the next 4 months full feeling returned to my rt. leg, foot, and toes. I could once again walk, sit, drive, bathe myself, dress myself, brush my teeth at the sink, returning to a normal life. The nerve damage healed and to date I've had no residual affects of my previous problems.
At this point I reduced my daily somatics to one time per day. My total recovery time was 9 months. I now goal to do somatics a few minutes each day to be certain I keep myself fully mobile and agile. Physically I am now better than I was before. I've since hiked on mountains and even snow skied this past winter for the first time in my entire life at the age of 54. I am fully mobile, pain free, and experience more agility than before the nightmare began.
I then made the decision to change careers enrolling in the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training in Novato California beginning the 3 yr. clinical program to become certified as a "Hanna Somatics Educator". There are only 135 or so "Hanna Somatics Educator's" worldwide, with about 55% of those being inside the US.
We, here at "BR Somatics LLC" opened our doors in late August of 2007. It's been so rewarding to see people like myself, that had no hope, recover their lives and bodies utilizing the tool of "Hanna Somatics". Even though I know the person will be helped, daily, it is still AMAZING to witness it! A gift to the both of us!
My friend, a 12 year retired psychologist, became so amazed at what she witnessed in my recovery that she too enrolled in the training program and began a 2nd career. And it is this gift that my business partner and fellow "Hanna Somatics Educator", Barbara Rathbone and I offer you today. Don't wait 5 years like I did. Be courageous! Be bold! What do you have to lose besides pain?
2.) Retired Businessman / age: 65 / BR, La.
Plantar faciitis, tangled lumbar nerves @ L4, L5, sacrum pain,
groin pain, constant thumb pain with very limited use.
My wife and I met the folks from BR Somatics at Dr. Stephanie Cave's office one day. My wife cautiously inquired if they might be able to help her with her feet and leg issues. We both had reservations and disbelief but we were desperate. We had nowhere else to go and were out of options except to live with pain and some pain medications. So after my wife tried them, and after seeing practical results with her, I made my first appt..
I had plantar faciitis in both feet but am now 100% recovered from that utilizing somatics.
I had a cyst on top of my left foot that had been surgically removed but had grown back. I was preparing to have another surgery on it when I met BR Somatics, but it disappeared shortly after I began doing somatics.
For years I daily had pain in my right thumb with very limited use. Somatics showed me how to recover my thumb so that I no longer had to live with that pain and inconvenience.
I had low back pain that would awaken me at night with a #10 pain level. It would sometimes turn into a deep burning ache that would radiate down my left leg like a piercing, gnawing, nagging knife. Sometimes it would move into my sacrum and groin. I felt exhausted a lot because of the consistent loss of sleep. I could not sit for very long so riding in the car or on a plane for any length of time was out of the question. I could no longer even ride my stationary bike.
The doctor wanted to give me shots but I decided not to do that. I tried cream steroids, ultrasound, traction, massage, bio freeze, chiropractic 2-3x's a week for years and 16 physical therapy visits. Some of these things did offer temporary relief but nothing lasting, and all the while I was becoming progressively worse.
After 7 visits with BR Somatics I was so much better but still needed more recovery. I bought a table and learned the self-care they taught me. I work with myself 2 times each day for 1 hour each. I've had 4-5 more private sessions since then and am still improving. At least I now have the answer.
At this point I am sleeping like a baby and can take trips in cars and planes and sit on the bleachers. I feel I am 85% recovered in my low back & sacrum and the groin pain is completely gone. Also, I completely recovered the use of my thumb. I am so happy I tried them and would do it all over again.
3.) Female / age: 9 / Jr. Olympic Gymnast / La.
I fell and fractured my wrist. After they took my cast off my hand still hurt and I had trouble writing or holding my pencil at school. After I had 2 sessions of somatics my hand and wrist felt normal again. I could hold my pencil and write w/o pain. After 3 weeks I went back to my gymnastics training without any more problems.
4.) Retired Female / age: 69 / DS, La.
Scoliosis, numb foot, ankle, calf, impaired walking, living on pain pills.
My back was very curved. I was very bent over and my neck stuck out like a giraffe. I felt as though there was a rod being pushed into the back of my hip constantly and my left foot, calf and ankle were so numb I had to take great care to avoid falling. I also had a broken tail bone from being rear-ended three months ago that was causing much discomfort. I was almost "eating" pain pills.
After the FIRST session of somatics, there was NO pain in my back!!!! I was straighter than I had been in years. Incredibly, there was NO numbness in my foot, ankle or calf. The next day I took half a pain pill because I was sore. Not in pain….just sore from muscles being lengthened!! My husband and friends cannot get over the change in my back. You should see the before and after photos!!I have made many bad decisions and wasted a lot of money during my lifetime; HOWEVER, not one penny has been wasted on somatics
5.) Female / 50 / LSU Software Teacher / BR, La.
Bulging disc @ L5, impaired rt. leg use, relying on a cane, bone spurs
of the spine, arthritis, couldn't sleep or travel, surviving on drugs.
My journey began in 2007. I was experiencing back pain and was diagnosed with L5 bulging disc, bone spurs and arthritis. The doctor suggested physical therapy and it did seem to make it better. Then late October 2007 I was involved in a car accident. I had only thought my back was hurting before. After the car accident I had trouble doing anything, including sleeping. I could sleep in my bed and needed a cane at times just to simply get around my house, much less anywhere else. Activities such as tennis and golf were out of the question. I tried drugs, physical therapy, epidural shots in my spine etc.... I rarely traveled, except for work because sleeping in a hotel bed was torture! After 3 years I finally resigned myself that I would simply have to live with my back pain the way it was and decided to seek a pain management doctor. This option did not appeal to me because I did not want to be dependent upon drugs the rest of my life! A doctor friend suggested I try somatics. I was skeptical to say the least. Nothing else had worked, but I figured at this point I had nothing to lose. I contacted Peggy and made an appointment. I arrived for my appt. in so much pain I could not stand up straight and was using a cane. Three hours later I could not only stand up and walk without a cane but my pain was almost non-existent!!!! I was over the moon excited, and for the first time in a long time I had HOPE!!!!! Since that first appt. my back has improved dramatically! With the reduction of pain in my back I discovered that my back was not the only part of me that was hurt in the car accident, but my neck and shoulder as well. Somatics is helping me with that as well. It has been 7 months since I began with somatics. To date I am sleeping part time in my bed, but I expect it will not be long before I am back in it full time. I can walk without pain in my back. Now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel I am anxious to get there. I have to remind myself frequently of how far I have come. I recently took a vacation and was actually able to enjoy it! I was so encouraged by how well I did I have scheduled another. Somatics has truly been a MIRACLE!!!
6.) Retired Female / age: 72 / BR, La.
Severe scoliosis, extreme senile posture, impaired mobility.
I am a seventy two year old woman with severe scoliosis. It was first diagnosed about 15 years ago. At that time the doctors wanted to put steel rods in my spine. I declined.
Scoliosis was exacerbated by a rectal restructuring, chemotherapy and radiation to deal with my rectal cancer. As my scoliosis grew more severe I also developed an extreme senile posture. When Barbara and Peggy suggested that they could help my scoliosis and posture they were talking to a complete non believer who thought the idea sounded preposterous. When they persisted I finally decided that I had nothing to lose. Thank heavens, because I was so wrong.
Within a year and a half there has been dramatic, unbelievable
improvement. The lateral curvature of my spine is much less. Where my waist bowed out on one side there is now an indentation. The forward curve, giving my senile posture, is almost gone. I can move and walk more freely and stand much more erect.
I have done a minimum of 2 sessions weekly but most importantly I have done daily self-care. I am assigned custom somatic movements to do at home to correspond with the changes in my body. These changes have been gradual. Occasionally I have reached a plateau to be followed by some significant change. I continue to work and improve. The non believer is now a born again "somatic fanatic".
7.) Bardwell / Male / 32 / San Diego, CA
Sciatic nerve pain, could barely reach to put on shoes.
I want to extend a sincere thanks to Peggy Hurley and Barbara Rathbone of BR Somatics LLC. Their teaching style of somatics is both caring and educational. They both possess vast knowledge to identify physical limitations and then focus on specific, yet simple, ways to rehabilitate problem areas.
I had a strained sciatic nerve for two weeks and could barely reach down to put my socks on. I contacted BR Somatics and within one 3-hour somatics session, I was 90% free of pain, with increased mobility.
They even identified, and relieved, strained muscles that I didn’t think were problems because I was so accustomed to the body aches.
I currently perform several somatic therapeutic exercises daily on my own for maintenance purposes and feel wonderful.
I recommend to all my family and friends the amazing practice of somatics. Peggy and Barbara are true angels for their tireless acts of healing. Thank you, sincerely.
8.) LSU Professor / Female / age: 50ish / BR, La.
Neck trauma, pain & immobility from ski accident many years ago.
This is an awesome protocol and very effective for my condition. I had a serious ski accident 15 years ago and the trauma to my neck has caused me a lot of pain and immobility throughout my body. A 15- year old boy from New York was racing his buddies to the bottom of the mountain in Breckenridge, CO. and collided with me as I was pushing myself up from a fall. His body was in the air, hit my head, almost broke my neck and knocked me unconscious. Broke my right wrist and front tooth too!
My neck was in pain for about 4 months, but the doctors then did not recommend chiropractors. Later (8 years) I spent a lot of time with one in B.R. The trauma to my entire body of this event still haunts me and I have tried all forms of therapy. "Hanna Somatics" is the only solution that I have found.
9.) Retired Exec. / Male / 65 / Houma, La.
Knee pain, facing knee replacement, tingling numb in feet, restricted
gait, neck pain & restrictions, shoulder pain, very bowed lower leg,
I could not stand for very long, or walk very far, especially on the golf course. I've experienced pain in my left knee for years, and have some tingling and numbness in my feet. My neck bothers me, especially when I am driving. My overall feeling since yesterday's session is marked improvement in gait and more relaxed neck, much less tension." I have been able to stand and walk more with much less limp since beginning somatics, 4 sessions ago. Looking forward to even better results.
10.) Retired Secretary / 69 / DS, La.
I happened to mention I had a doctor's appointment for my eyes to my Somatics teacher because I was seeing double when watching TV and driving. I had to close my right eye or I would see multiple vehicles coming toward me. I thought cataracts were causing this. My Somatics instructor suggested we do a few eye moves to release my eye muscles. We did some super simple "follow my hand" and "open and close your eye" moves for maybe 3-4 minutes. It is now five days later and I have not seen double once since. Absolutely amazing!!!!!
11.) Financial Planner / age: 50's / La.
Three herniated cervical vertebrae, injured shoulder, constant
neck/shoulder pain, tight & stiff, difficulty tying shoes & looking
behind, constant muscles cramps, pain in knees and ankles.
It was difficult to do everyday tasks. Picking up items from the floor, tying my shoes, looking over my shoulder to back out the car, all had become nearly impossible. The lack of flexibility and muscle stiffness made me look like I was 95 as I struggled to bend or stretch. If I could actually perform the task, I typically got a muscle cramp so severe that I had to cease all activity for several minutes. This prevented me from exercising and doing everyday activities with my family.
So I resigned myself to this fate, "it must be the inevitable effects of aging". But in my mind I thought that I deserved and caused these conditions, right? Years of competitive athletics and over a decade of heavy weight lifting caused injuries and daily aches and pains.
Twenty-seven years ago I herniated a cervical vertebrae.
Ten years later a shoulder was torn apart.
Eight years ago I blew out two more cervical vertebrae.
I never liked to stretch and was always very tight and stiff and my activities were limited by constant neck and shoulder pain. From lack of activity and sleep issues, I consistently gained weight and that compounded the aches and pains, especially in the knees and ankles. From where I sat, it looked as though I would have to live the rest of my life in pain and as a sedentary old man.
Physical therapy was a regular part of my life for many years, until it began to produce only limited relief from pain and very short periods of additional range of movement.
When I tried acupuncture, I got pain relief, but only for short periods after each treatment. But it did nothing to help the lack of flexibility and stiffness in my muscles and joints.
Then I was introduced to Somatics. I heard the claims. But after being in business for over thirty years and hearing hundreds of sales pitches, I was a skeptic. Everyone had some miracle cure to sell you but in actuality none of them really worked. But Peggy was persistent in her encouragement for me to try Somatics and even guaranteed that she could help me. At my wife’s encouragement, I reluctantly scheduled an appointment.
After two hours on the somatic table I was exhausted. But when I got up and walked around, everything was different. My ankles and knees didn’t snap, crackle and pop. They also didn’t hurt. I could flex my neck without pain for the first time in recent memory. And I could turn to either side and look over my shoulder without cramping.
Since that day somatics has helped me move toward a full recovery. My range of motion has continued to improve. I seldom have a cramp even when stretching or exercising. Pain is very infrequent and when it occurs I perform a somatic routine that gives me immediate relief.
Peggy has taught me how to perform self maintenance routines that keep me moving and living once again.
12.) Level 8.5 Gymnast / age: 12 / DS, La.
Tendonitis in both knees.
After bringing my daughter in for a private somatics session on Tuesday she left without the pain in her knees and said she felt great Wednesday and Thursday! She had an amazing workout in the gym on Thursday according to her (I did not see). She was able to do skills that she had not done in 2 years! Is it somatics or coincidence?
Unfortunately, the eager child went to practice Friday and tumbled on the floor because her knee felt so good and then went to beam and while landing a split leap (where she takes off on right knee and lands on right knee) her knee started "killing her".
She iced it at the gym and came home and did somatics. She said her knee felt better and only noticed pain when going up/down steps at bowling alley. She did somatics again before bed and said that her knee felt pretty good. We would love to come in next week.
So we came in next week for another seesion, she has not had knee pain since.
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